Navillera (Korean나빌레라; RRNabillera) is a 2021 South Korean television series starring Park In-hwan, Song Kang, Na Moon-hee, and Hong Seung-hee.[1] Based on the Daum webtoon of the same name written by Hun and illustrated by Ji-min between 2016 and 2017, it aired on tvN from March 22 to April 27, 2021.[2][3] It is also available for streaming on Netflix.[4]

Promotional poster
Also known asLike a Butterfly
Created byChoe Gyeong-suk
Based onNavillera
by Hun and Ji-min
Written byLee Eun-mi
Directed byHan Dong-hwa
Country of originSouth Korea
Original languageKorean
No. of episodes12
Executive producers
  • Oh Yeong-rim
  • Im Seung-jin
  • Kim Yeong-gyu (Planning)
  • Oh Hwan-min
  • Kang Bo-hyeon
  • Kim Geon-hong (CP)
  • Kwon Byeong-uk
  • Kim Na-gyeong
  • Jang Deok-Hwan
  • Park Yun-min
EditorTwin Peaks
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time61–70 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseMarch 22 (2021-03-22) –
April 27, 2021 (2021-04-27)



Navillera tells the story of Shim Deok-chul (Park In-hwan), a 70-year-old retired mailman who decides to pursue his life-long dream of learning ballet, which does not please his family. At the dance academy, he meets Lee Chae-rok (Song Kang), a 23-year-old dancer who became interested in ballet after trying out different sports — his mother was a ballet dancer before she died of disease when he was young. He is struggling financially and thinks of giving up ballet until meeting Deok-chul, which changes his mind.

Sim Deok-chul's commitment to his dream inspires people with different genders, ages, and social status trying to achieve their dreams and do what makes them happy. The South China Morning Post states in their review of the series that "Navillera deals with relatable issues of old age, whether you're the one approaching it or your loved ones".[5]




A retiree who has just celebrated his 70th birthday. Seeing how his friends started to regret dreams they could not pursue in their younger age, he decided to try to fulfill his long-life dream of becoming a ballerino. He then meets Lee Chae-rok after accidentally seeing him practicing for his upcoming ballet competition.
A 23-year-old ballerino who is struggling financially and tries to support himself by working as a part-timer at a café. His deceased mother was a ballerina, whilst his father Lee Moo-young was in jail. His passion for ballet has started to fade away as he is having a hard time in living. Everything started to change slowly after he meets Shim Deok-chul.
Deok-chul's wife who cares a lot for her family. At first, she doesn't approve of her husband's ballet dreams. However, after seeing how passionate he is, she supports him.
Deok-chul's granddaughter who is currently working as an intern at the same café as Chae-rok. She eventually becomes friends with him.


Chae-rok's father who used to be a soccer coach at his school before going to jail. He was released recently and lives apart from his son to make a living.
Chae-rok's ballet teacher, owner of Ballet Studio. He appears to be strict and short-tempered, but he actually cares a lot about his students.
Eun-ho's mother, daughter-in-law of Deok-chul.
Eun-ho's father, Deok-chul's first son. He aggressively opposes his father taking ballet lessons.
Deok-chul's daughter, wife of struggling politician Young-il.
Seung-joo's ex-wife who is a ballet teacher at a Hankuk University of Arts Dance School.
  • Lee So-yeong as Yoo An-na
Pianist at Ballet Studio.
Sung-suk's husband who is a politician.
  • Jo Bok-rae as Shim Sung-gwan
Deok-chul's second son who quit being a doctor and is struggling in pursuing his dream of becoming a film director.
Chae-rok's friend since their school days, also his fellow part-timer at a café.
Chae-rok's former friend who now resents him after the latter's father beat him up, claiming that he "doesn't deserve to live a good life".

Original soundtrack


Part 1

Released on March 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)[6]
1."My Day"Kim Min
  • Kim Min
  • Taylor
2."My Day" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Min
  • Taylor
Total length:6:12

Part 2

Released on April 6, 2021 (2021-04-06)[7]
1."Butterfly"Kim Min
  • 8hoop
  • Kim Min
Kim Kook-heon3:06
2."Butterfly" (Inst.) 
  • 8hoop
  • Kim Min
Total length:6:12

Part 3

Released on April 13, 2021 (2021-04-13)[8]
1."Beautiful Words" (아름다운 말)
  • Jang Young Soo
  • Glody
  • Jang Young Soo
  • Glody
2."Beautiful Words" (Inst.) 
  • Jang Young Soo
  • Glody
Total length:8:16

Part 4

Released on April 20, 2021 (2021-04-20)[9]
1."Heal You"
  • Kim Sun-min
  • Hwang Yoon-jin
  • Kim Min
  • 8hoop
Ha Hyun-sang3:30
2."Heal You" (Inst.) 
  • Kim Min
  • 8hoop
Total length:7:00

Compilation Album

Navillera (Original Television Soundtrack)
Compilation album by
Various Artist
ReleasedApril 27, 2021 (2021-04-27)
  • Korean
  • English
LabelStone Music Entertainment
Singles from Navillera
  1. "My Day"
    Released: March 30, 2021 (2021-03-30)
  2. "Butterfly"
    Released: April 6, 2021 (2021-04-06)
  3. "Beautiful Words"
    Released: April 13, 2021 (2021-04-13)
  4. "Heal You"
    Released: April 20, 2021 (2021-04-20)
Released on April 27, 2021 (2021-04-27)
1."My Day"Taemin3:06
2."Butterfly"Kim Kook-heon3:06
3."Beautiful Words" (아름다운 말)Sohyang4:08
4."Heal You"Ha Hyun-sang3:30
5."A Dream of Deok-chul"Shin Min-yong2:22
6."A Scent of Dream"Byun Dong-wook3:14
7."Dreams Come True"Shin Min-yong2:53
8."The Sea On My Mind"Lim Ha-young5:32
9."The Day When The Snow Falls Gently"Jin Myeong-yong3:35
10."A Journey To Myself"Byun Dong-wook2:22
11."Navilleromance"Yoo Jong-hyun2:24
12."Soaring"Lim Seung-beom, Ciel4:02
13."With You"Shin Min-yong2:41
14."Gestures For One Person"Lim Ha-young1:10
15."Finding Me"Lim Ha-young1:55
16."Prayer"Jung Heon2:30
17."A Dream of Chae-rok"Jin Myeong-yong3:50
18."Gifts"Yoo Jong-hyun2:05
Total length:54:34


Navillera : South Korea viewers per episode (thousands)
SeasonEpisode numberAverage
Source: Audience measurement performed nationwide by Nielsen Korea[10]
Average TV viewership ratings
Ep. Original broadcast date Average audience share
(Nielsen Korea)[10]
Nationwide Seoul
1 March 22, 2021 2.810% (2nd) 2.921% (2nd)
2 March 23, 2021 2.964% (1st) 3.037% (1st)
3 March 29, 2021 3.325% (1st) 3.175% (1st)
4 March 30, 2021 3.623% (1st) 3.692% (1st)
5 April 5, 2021 2.764% (1st) 2.617% (1st)
6 April 6, 2021 2.759% (1st) 2.800% (2nd)
7 April 12, 2021 2.783% (1st) 2.616% (1st)
8 April 13, 2021 2.464% (1st) 2.434% (1st)
9 April 19, 2021 3.150% (1st) 2.980% (1st)
10 April 20, 2021 2.859% (1st) 2.826% (1st)
11 April 26, 2021 2.992% (1st) 3.046% (1st)
12 April 27, 2021 3.679% (1st) 4.013% (1st)
Average 3.014% 3.013%
  • In the table above, the blue numbers represent the lowest ratings and the red numbers represent the highest ratings.
  • This drama airs on a cable channel/pay TV which normally has a relatively smaller audience compared to free-to-air TV/public broadcasters (KBS, SBS, MBC and EBS).


  1. ^ "Park in-hwan, Song Kang, Na Moon-hee, Hong Seung-hee to Star in tvN's "Navillera"". HanCinema. November 9, 2020. Retrieved January 21, 2021.
  2. ^ Go, Soo-jin (November 9, 2020). "tvN 새 드라마 '나빌레라', 박인환·송강·나문희·홍승희 캐스팅 확정[공식]". eNews24. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved November 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Lee, Jae-lim (February 3, 2021). "From the web to your TV screen — a look at adaptations to come". Korea JoongAng Daily. Retrieved February 5, 2021.
  4. ^ "What's Coming to Netflix in March 2021". What's on Netflix. March 5, 2021.
  5. ^ "Navillera: Netflix's rewarding ballet drama soars like a butterfly". South China Morning Post. April 29, 2021.
  6. ^ Oh, Soo-jung (March 25, 2021). 태민, 6년만에 '나빌레라' OST 가창 참여...'My Day' 30일 공개 [Taemin Participate on 'Navillera' OST After 6 Years...'My Day' Release on the 30th]. X Sports News (in Korean). Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  7. ^ Choi, Su-hyeok (April 5, 2021). '나빌레라' 박인환X송강 사제듀오 케미 극대화시킨 OST 공개! 김국헌 'Butterfly' 발매 ['Navillera' OST Release Maximasize Park In-hwan x Song Kang Duo Chemistry! Kim Kookheon 'Butterfly' Release]. Public News (in Korean). Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  8. ^ Yang, Yong-eun (April 13, 2021). 박인환X송강, 따뜻한 감성 담은 '나빌레라' 새 OST…소향 '아름다운 말' 발매 [Park Inhwan x Song Kang Warm Emotions in ' Navillera New OST... Sohyang's 'Beautiful Words' Release]. Straight News (in Korean). Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  9. ^ Choi, Soo-jin (April 16, 2021). 하현상 '나빌레라' OST 참여, 'Heal You' 20일 공개 [Ha Hyunsang Participate on 'Navillera' OST 'Heal You' Release on the 20th]. Seoul Economy Daily (in Korean). Retrieved February 21, 2024.
  10. ^ a b "Nielsen Korea Cable Daily -TOP 10 LIST FOR TV PROGRAMS". Nielsen Korea. Retrieved March 23, 2021.